More worrying for Google will be the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0) still holds 10.6% of the market, while the ancient in tech terms Gingerbread (2.3.3) snaffles an alarming 13.6% of the market. Of course, this is a familiar story as cheaper Android devices sold in emerging markets still have those older versions, but again Google will attempt to address this with Android One. However, it is fairly easy to see that Google is holding a double edged sword when attempting to unify the Android platform. It is clear that its latest versions do gain traction, KitKat is growing and Jelly Bean was dominating before being replaced.
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Nexus 6 Prospective Features Revealed In New Benchmarks
However, recent benchmarks by the GFXBench database and AnTuTu may reveal some of the first proposed specifications for the next Nexus smartphone. The benchmarks indicate that the new Nexus device may include a 5.2-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip, 3GB of RAM and 24GB of internal memory, a 13-megapixel camera and 2.1-megapixel front camera and NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity. Though these features cannot yet be confirmed, they can serve as a potential first look at the elusive device. The upcoming Nexus smartphone remains so shrouded in mystery that its name isnt event certain; it may likely be called the Nexus 6, since the Nexus 5 released last fall.
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Low-cost smartphones boost Android - Yahoo News
View photo This picture taken on March 21, 2013 shows a group of people sitting down using their smartphones at a shopping mall in Bangkok (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri) Washington (AFP) - A surge in low-cost smartphone sales, notably in emerging markets, helped the Google Android platform extend its dominance in the second quarter, a survey showed Thursday. The report by market tracker IDC said Android phone sales were up 33 percent over the past year to 255 million units, and accounted for 84.7 percent of all global smartphone sales in the March-June period. The overall market grew 25 percent to 301 million units, IDC said, with Apple, Microsoft Windows and BlackBerry failing to keep pace. "With many of its (manufacturing) partners focusing on the sub-$200 segments, Android has been reaping huge gains within emerging markets," says Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC. "During the second quarter, 58.6 percent of all Android smartphone shipments worldwide cost less than $200 off contract, making them very attractive compared to http://www.androidsentral.com other devices." Sales of the Apple iPhone rose to 35.2 million units in the quarter, but with growth slower than Android, Apple's market share fell to 11.7 percent from 13 percent last year in the same period. Windows Phone sales meanwhile slipped more than nine percent from a year ago to 7.4 million units, while its market share dropped to 2.5 percent. BlackBerry's woes deepened despite modest gains from the first quarter of 2014.
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